The New York Times reports:
The Trump administration is set to announce on Thursday that it intends to sharply curtail the regulation of methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change, according to an industry official with knowledge of the plan.
The Environmental Protection Agency, in a proposed rule, will aim to eliminate federal government requirements that the oil and gas industry put in place technology to inspect for and repair methane leaks from wells, pipelines and storage facilities.
The proposed rollback is particularly notable because major oil and gas companies have, in fact, opposed it, just as some other industries have opposed the Trump administration’s other major moves to dismantle climate change and other environmental rules put in place by President Barack Obama.
NEW: Three major oil and gas firms have asked @EPA to keep federal limits on methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Today, the agency will lift those restrictions, arguing that industry can do it on its own. W/ @brady_dennis https://t.co/6gkx5NUz6i
— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) August 29, 2019